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2014 Jaguar F-Type

Pátek, Září 28th, 2012

Slotted below today’s XK roadster and coupe but overlapping them in price, the new F-Type convertible may have a spiritual ancestor in the classic Jag E-Type, but as chief designer Ian Callum says, “this car is for now.”

And for now, it’s a sportscar in the purest form only. No coupe version’s been confirmed, though Jaguar officials hint at a logical hardtop companion for future international auto-show debuts.

The link to today’s XK is clear, but the F-Type clearly progresses beyond that smoother shape. The F-Type has a relatively tall front end with a large grille opening flanked by dual air intakes and capped by upsized, upswept headlamps, underlined in LED lighting. There’s enough Corvette and Maserati influence to go around, especially at those intakes–Callum refers to them as “gills.” The hood’s a clamshell design–it’s another heritage influence that also helps crash safety.

The shape grows sleeker along its shoulder line and along the decklid, where thin baguette-shaped LED taillamps–the thinnest possible, he says–bulge at one end with circular insets that directly refer to the E-Type.

The design’s at its best from the sideview, where there’s just enough overall length to let the muscular suggestiveness play out over surfaces and shoulder lines and door skins unbroken by door handles–they’re hidden, popping up from flush by a touch of the fob or a finger. It’s a touch Jaguar’s kin at Aston Martin might appreciate.

The cockpit’s a more intensely focused environment than in the XK. The driver steps into a cockpit with a hooded binnacle of gauges, while the passenger gets a grab handle–a tacit message about the real mission at hand here. Much of the ancillary information will continue to be displayed on a big LCD screen, but climate controls are back to prominent positions on the stack as rotary knobs with push functions for seat heating. Subtle cues drive home the sportscar message: drivers get a different grade of trim on their part of the IP, and on the more powerful versions the start button, shift paddles and sport-mode switch are marked in diving-watch orange. A flat-bottomed steering wheel will be on the options list, too.

Each of the F-Type’s three engines has forced induction. There’s a supercharged V-8, as well as a pair of new supercharged V-6s–set apart by twin inboard exhausts, while the V-8 has quad exhausts, mounted outboard.

The six-cylinders are 3.0-liter units, one tuned to 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque; it’s shared with other Jaguar products, including the XJ and XF sedans for the 2013 model year. In 380-hp tune, it’s a distinct version held aside strictly for the F-Type. The 0-60 mph estimates for these models are 5.1 seconds and 4.8 seconds, respectively, and top speeds are limited to 161 mph and 171 mph.

An eight-speed automatic transmission with rev matching and paddle-shift controls is the only transmission available–for now, Jaguar officials hint. Unlike the latest models from the marque, the F-Type doesn’t sport a rotary shift control–it has a conventional shift lever that, if anything, preserves the packaging for a true manual transmission.

All powertrains have direct injection and stop/start systems. Active exhaust is standard on the two higher-performance models, and optional on the 340-hp F-Type. The more powerful V-6 gets a mechanical limited-slip differential; the V-8 gets an electronically controlled version for maximum traction. The latter two models will have launch-control modes for fault-free acceleration runs.

Margulies Perruzzi Architects Receives Illuminating Engineering Society Boston Section 2012 Illumination Award

Středa, Květen 9th, 2012

Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, today announced that it has received a Section Award from the Boston Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society for the 2012 Illumination Awards program. The award recognizes MPA’s lighting design for the 32,000 SF interior fit-up of Philips’ new high performance workspace in Andover, Massachusetts. Philips is a globally diversified health and well-being company focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations.

The IES Illumination Awards provide a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry.

“Philips’ new space leverages both new lighting technology and dynamic office design to create a livable, workable and sustainable high performance workspace,” said Dianne Dunnell, IIDA, LEED AP, senior associate at Margulies Perruzzi Architects. “The design team worked together to envision and execute this innovative lighting design concept, and we are honored to be recognized by the IES for our efforts.”

MPA’s objective for the lighting design was to reinforce Philips’ brand by maximizing daylighting, aligning specifications with function, and offering a sustainable solution utilizing new lighting technology. Philips’ own LED light fixtures, lamps and controls were used throughout the project. Over 90% of the lighting is LED, offering energy-efficient light that makes the office environment more engaging and uses 25% less electricity than code mandate for energy consumption per square foot.

To promote collaboration and interaction in the office, the open workspace is arranged in seven “neighborhoods.” The lighting design provides a clear sense of circulation and aids in differentiating “neighborhood” workspaces and collaboration space. LED color-changing fixtures within ceiling coves define neighborhoods, and the light color coordinates with the nature-inspired graphics for each neighborhood.

LED lights on duct tape prom dress

Pátek, Květen 4th, 2012

Whoever makes the best prom dress out of duct tape could win up to $20,000 split upon the applicants and schools that they represent.

Creating art comes natural to Lindale senior Carmen Montgomery.

“I like being different, I like looking different, I like doing different things, it’s a hobby I guess,” said Montgomery.

Montgomery started working with duct tape in eighth grade.

“I made purses to wallets and then I made a giant mural out of duct tape and I actually sold one on commission,” said Montgomery.

But this year she decided to take things to the next level. A prom dress and suit with 3-D objects.

“My fingers would got raw from ripping the tape off and sticking it into place,” said Montgomery.

The highlight of the outfit are the LED lights. Carmen’s date, Myles Stewart says they were definitely the center of attention prom night.

“I went to go get some food, I couldn’t find Carmen and someone moved, and I was like, ‘there she is,’. I just saw a bunch of lights coming off of her,” said Stewart.

Montgomery picked “Day and Night” as the theme, she says it suited her relationship.

“We have this ongoing joke that I’m very bright, I have light hair and light skin, and he’s very dark, likes to wear dark colors and he’s got dark hair,” explained Montgomery.

But on the dance floor, it hardly seemed to be “night”.

“When we were dancing there would be a three foot perimeter around us that was just bright light just from our own personal lights,” said Stewart.

Montgomery says even though it took a lot of work it was worth it.

“I had a lot of fun doing it, and even if I don’t win the scholarship, I’m glad I did it,” said Montgomery.

The voting period has not begun yet for the 2012 “Stuck At Prom” scholarship winner.

It begins in June.  Carmen says she wants to hold off posting her picture, for the chance the LED lights will stay unique.

Bicycles versus Buicks

Pátek, Srpen 12th, 2011

ast week the staff of Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center mourned the loss of another doctor. This doctor was struck from behind and killed while riding his bicycle. He was riding legally and was wearing the correct personal protective equipment, but it wasn’t enough to save him from a vehicle that was bigger than him.

No bicyclist will ever come out of a vehicle-bicycle collision unscathed. The degree to which the resultant injuries are mitigated will be a factor of environmental, physical, and psychological conditions. Let us look at a few of these.

Environmental: What type of street is it? Residential neighborhood, city street, country road, or divided road, each has dangers that must be anticipated. For example, in residential areas, bicyclists encounter dogs, kids, trashcans and inattentive people backing out or pulling into driveways. City street riders share the road with commuters, bus drivers, distracted drivers, and pedestrians while dodging potholes and drain grates.

Out in the country, a bicyclist may ride on relatively narrow streets, but with traffic traveling at 55 miles per hour or more. A car or semi travels at 55 miles per hour will be upon you and your bike traveling at 15 in a matter of seconds. The vehicle’s driver has to see you and then decide what to do. Even if they are paying attention to driving and have no distractions, it still takes a second or two to decide.

At this speed, the vehicle is travelling almost 81feet per second. This means he will have travelled over 200 feet by the time his brain processes the information and sends the impulses to his body to react. Add to this that most cars take over 200 feet to stop from 55 miles per hour, and the driver will need to see you when he is at least 400 feet away just to be able to respond safely to your presence.

If a curve in the road, hills, the sun, or your dark clothing in any way causes the vehicle driver to not see you from 400 feet away, he will probably have to swerve to miss you, or worse.